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Celebration of Dance at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village

Thank you to Shawna for suggesting and hosting this meetup!

"The Celebration of Dance offers one of Alberta's largest Ukrainian dance extravaganzas featuring a variety of dance groups of all ages from across Alberta. Throughout the day costumed role players will welcome the new spring season with authentic sights and celebrations in the historical village. Other family friendly activities include a village market, musical entertainment, horse-drawn wagon rides, sheep shearing, church services, exhibitors and traditional Ukrainian food." 

(http://www.history.alberta.ca/ukrainianvillage/specialevents/specialevents.aspx

The Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, located 25 minutes or 50 km (30 miles) east of Edmonton along Highway 16, just 3 km (1.8 miles) east of Elk Island National Park. For a map of the location, see: http://www.history.alberta.ca/ukrainianvillage/location/location.aspx


Hi all,

For those who would like to meet the group, we will gather at the Centennial Pioneer Monument on the west side of the parking lot at noon. Of course, you are free to explore the Village on your own if you prefer. This is the first weekend the site is open for the season, so in addition to the dance festival the entire Village will be open. 

If you've never been, the UCHV is an open-air museum that reflects the history of Ukrainian immigrants who settled the area between 1892 and 1930. There is much to see with over 30 restored structures (including sod house, schoolhouse, blacksmith shop, orthodox churches,  and grain elevator), staffed with costumed interpreters re-enacting historical activities of daily life. On the practical side, there are food services, a gift shop, and picnic area.

Looking forward to meeting you there!

Shawna

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  • Bruce P.

    Had a wonderful time.

    2 · May 21, 2014

  • Loretta

    Thanks for organizing this Shawna.

    1 · May 20, 2014

  • Bill K.

    Great choice!

    May 20, 2014

  • Mike S.

    Thanks Shawna for suggesting this. Brought along the whole family, even the in-laws. Have wanted to visit for a while and this got me out there. Neat sights, amazing dancers and a good chance to chat with some of the group.

    May 19, 2014

  • Allan S.

    I'm hoping to head out there early and maybe try and get in on the pancake breakfast at 9am. I should be at the meeting site at 11:45 though. If anyone else is coming earlier look for me. I'll be the guy with the Canucks hat, glasses, a brown jacket and grey camera bag shooting a Nikon.

    3 · May 18, 2014

    • Jenny

      allan, just saw your post, sorry. you probably headed out already. thanks for writing back!

      May 19, 2014

    • Allan S.

      Sorry I missed you but hoping you managed to get out there and get some pictures.

      May 19, 2014

  • Shawna

    I'm so glad people enjoyed the venue! It was nice to meet a few new people.

    2 · May 19, 2014

  • Cristopher J.

    This is my favorite meetup so far. Thanks to Shawna for organizing. Left the heritage at 5pm and almost everbody was gone (:

    1 · May 19, 2014

  • Lynda O.

    had a great time today. weather was actually great , not too sunny or hot. just lovely. thank you for creating the event

    1 · May 19, 2014

  • Deb D.

    OMG wonderful photo ops...550 pics I took...great day.. and the sky was perfect

    1 · May 19, 2014

  • Jenny

    Shawna, please don't wait for me ... I'll be there at some point ...

    May 19, 2014

  • Christine S.

    Shawna, we will be going earlier than noon so don't look for us. If we are close by at noon, I will come over and say hi.

    1 · May 18, 2014

    • Shawna

      Thanks Christine. Hope we'll bump into you!

      May 18, 2014

    • Lynda O.

      Yes I hope to "Bump" into people also, but please none of the organizers "wait" for us. we will most certainly be posting our photos on this event page afterwards. please if you spot me and my husband Soren, don't be shy to come say hi

      May 18, 2014

  • Kaye

    Sorry I won't be attending. Just too busy this weekend.

    May 18, 2014

    • Lynda O.

      thanks for posting Kaye, we will miss you but hopefully see you soon :)

      May 18, 2014

  • Tracy K.

    I will try to be there but not sure when I will arrive. Looking forward to seeing it. I captured a few pics of Ukrainian dance at the Cheremosh festival a few days ago: http://www.pbase.com/tracyk/cheremosh_ukrainian_dance_festival

    3 · May 18, 2014

  • Jenny

    Would anyone like to or want to carpool? I am south of the river by the university ...

    May 17, 2014

  • Shawna

    Hi Everyone,
    Just a few final details - PLEASE note the change in gathering location.

    1) I will wait/watch for Shutterbugs at the Centennial Pioneer Monument at 11:45, and will head into the Village at noon. If you'd like to meet up with other Shutterbugs, please join us between 11:45-12:00. To locate the monument, please see the #17 map at: http://www.history.alberta.ca/ukrainianvillage/planyourvisit/images/UCHVmap.jpg

    2) Each person will be responsible to pay his/her own admission to the Village. Regular adult daily rate is $9.00. If you mention to the cashier that you are with the Edmonton Shutterbugs, you should receive a 10% discount on the individual admission fee (does not apply to family rate). 3) Please remember the guidelines posted previously to ensure everyone enjoys their visit to the Village. There is another photography group visiting the site on Monday, so you may bump into some of them as well.

    The weather forecast for Monday is looking great! :)
    Shawna

    2 · May 16, 2014

    • Lynda O.

      recently my husband and I met a member of the "other" photog group. it is funny she invited us out to Ukr Village for May 19, we said we were already going with the shutterbugs. they are having a small exhibition she said. should be great day

      1 · May 16, 2014

  • Candice

    No longer able to make it due to work :( Hopefully get to meet everyone soon.

    May 16, 2014

  • Laurice B.

    Note to Everyone, please respect the rules as each person is representing the Edmonton Shutter-Bugs and we want the privileged to return.

    I wish I could be there :(

    1 · May 10, 2014

    • Lynda O.

      will do. Sorry to hear you can't make it on the 19th.

      May 10, 2014

  • Lynda O.

    I have asked my Taty to come (Dad) he likes any chance to wear his Ukrainian shirt, and he is a character. not shy to have portraits taken.. his mobility is not good, so I will be hoping to say "hi" to many of my Edm Shutterbug friends as I can find. But I will be sticking close to my Dad.

    2 · May 9, 2014

    • Shawna

      That's awesome Lynda. Look forward to meeting you both! :)

      1 · May 10, 2014

    • Deb D.

      they rent scooters for 5$ a day just call an reserve one..I have a ripped knee so I will do that also

      2 · May 10, 2014

  • Shawna

    The group bookings coordinator recently sent me the newly-developed guidelines for photography groups. Please note the following:

    "Thank you for deciding to spend time as a photography group at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village. Please see below for some general guidelines that we ask you to adhere to during your visit.

    Please be considerate of taking photographs of the general public. Your group is welcome to roam the village and take photos, but we ask that you do not impact any guest's visit or enjoyment of the site.

    General:
    - Pets are not allowed unless the owner requires their assistance
    - Smoking is not permitted in the historic village
    - No alcohol is permitted at any time
    - Vehicles are not permitted in the historic village
    - Photographers must remain in public areas only
    - UCHV employees may ask photographers to move their equipment or leave a building if it is busy

    1 · May 8, 2014

    • Shawna

      Guidelines continued: Historic Village:
      - No food or drink is allowed in historic buildings; water bottles are permitted
      - Churches: While photographs can be taken inside the churches, liturgical services must not be interrupted and visitors cannot enter the sanctuary
      - Groups are not permitted to move historic artifacts
      - Some historic buildings or some areas of historic buildings may be closed to the public on specific days
      - To help protect livestock and vegetation, please do not enter pastures, fields, or gardens

      Special Event Days:
      - Tripods should not interfere with audience view of any concert or activity taking place
      - Photographers are asked to stay away from stage entrace/exit areas
      - Emergency exits must not be blocked by "tripods/photograph­y equipment."

      3 · May 8, 2014

    • Lynda O.

      thank you for posting this. :)

      May 9, 2014

  • Sonu

    Hi
    I have Wedding Business and am looking for a Photographer who would also like to learn about Wedding Cinematography

    May 1, 2014

    • Sonu

      The main Difference in Videography & Cinematography is that you tell a story with Cinematography its like making music with your video .

      May 3, 2014

  • Susan W.

    I'd love to go….used to work there….:)

    1 · April 25, 2014

    • Shawna

      Hope you can join us!

      April 27, 2014

  • Candice

    Looks like this will be my first meet up with this group. It'll be a great day to meet everyone!

    1 · April 22, 2014

    • Shawna

      Glad you can make it out for your first meetup. It looks like there will be a good turnout.

      1 · April 22, 2014

  • Kristina

    We will be out of town

    April 18, 2014

    • Shawna

      Sorry you'll miss it Kristina!

      April 22, 2014

  • Gina B.

    Sounds fun; alas I will be taking in the tulip festival in Ottawa that wknd. :)

    April 3, 2014

    • Shawna

      Enjoy the tulips! I just got back from the tulip festival in Washington state.... so colourful!

      April 22, 2014

  • Shawna

    I checked with the Village for any special photography or visitor guidelines, and they advised of the following: - the use of tripods and flash IS allowed on the grounds and in the historic buildings;
    - be prepared for muddy paths and roads if there is rain (hopefully we won't still be dealing with snow by then!);
    - no food or drink is allowed in historic buildings, but water bottles are permitted;
    - pets are not allowed unless the owner requires their assistance;
    - smoking is not permitted in the historic village;
    - no alcohol is permitted at any time.

    Admission rates for the 2014 season are currently under review; the individual admission MAY be raised by $1 at the most.

    If we have 15 or more Shutterbugs attending on the day of the event, we will qualify for a 10% group discount rate on individual admissions only (not family rates). I know attendance numbers tend to fluctuate as people join/cancel right up to the day, but hopefully we'll have at least 15 Shutterbugs come out!

    3 · April 2, 2014

  • Kaye

    Admission rates:
    Adult (18 to 64 years) $9.00
    Senior (65 and over) $7.00
    Youth (7 to 17 years) $4.00
    Child (6 years and under) FREE
    Family (includes two adults and their children 7 to 17 years of age) $20.00

    March 15, 2014

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